Wednesday 23 March 2022, 8pm
Toby Driver is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who navigates between genres. He is “a tirelessly inventive recording artist” (PopMatters) with a prolific career of over 20 years. His work––impressionistic, architectural and emotionally vulnerable––has been described as “unlike any other” (The Quietus), displaying “A greater vision of how music can evoke feelings both grandiose and devastatingly intimate.” (Vice/Noisey). His multifarious projects share a sensitive and detail oriented composition ranging from the metaphysical to the avant-garde, and an insatiable search for the new: there’s “absolutely nothing to compare it against.” (Echoes and Dust)
Alora Crucible, his most recent musical identity, explores transcendental instrumental music with Driver on guitar and hammered dulcimer in collaboration with violinist Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3, Amanda Palmer, Igorrr) and keyboardist Ana Cristina Pérez. With their autumn 2021 debut, Thymiamatascension (released on the enigmatic and elite House of Mythology label in the company of titans Ulver and Current 93) Alora Crucible has made a strong and immediate statement about this music’s exalted place in Driver’s diverse body of work. Simultaneously, Driver’s long-running outfit Kayo Dot, “one of the greatest and most exciting contemporary progressive/experimental/avant-garde bands going,” (Treblezine) released their tenth album Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike to outstanding critical praise, landing on many year-end lists and showing that his reputation as “one of the most endlessly creative and thrilling band leaders” (Treblezine) is a well-earned one.